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McCain guilty of bad commercials ... relied on newspaper accounts of Raines association with Obama?

A reader-inspired blog entry …

A reader’s comments led me to search for the truth regarding one of John McCain’s approved campaign advertisements. The reader claimed that there was little or no evidence that one, Franklin Raines, the former head of Fannie Mae who is alleged to have participated in a scheme to cook Fannie Mae’s books to insure multi-million dollar  executive bonuses, was an Obama advisor.

Two commercials …

In an effort to portray Barack Obama as having little or no idea how to fix our currently ailing financial sector and possibly to link the democrats to the Fannie Mae failure, the McCain campaign released two commercials.

One involving the head of Obama’s Vice Presidential Search Committee was dead on. James Johnson, former head of now-nationalized Fannie Mae, appeared to have received special consideration on mortgage loans from Countrywide Funding under its “Friends of Angelo” program.

However, the other one featuring Franklin Raines as an Obama advisor is now suspect. Relying on published reports in the Washington Post, which were apparently not challenged until after the McCain campaign advertisement aired, the published report was based on the casual comments of Raines while he was being interviewed.

Considering that most campaigns use prominently displayed newspaper quotes as if somehow a newspaper always publishes the full and complete story, we would tend to give the McCain campaign a pass – and recommend that they do a little more fact-checking before releasing their campaign commercials.

And considering that Obama’s campaign released an even worse authorized campaign advertisement smearing McCain and President Bush with the words lifted out of context from a Rush Limbaugh parody, it seems both sides need to clean up their act before they present false and misleading information to the American public.’

No moral equivalency: both parties act poorly …

Since we are not a democrat, we will not attempt to excuse what McCain’s camp published as fact using the old “moral equivalency” dodge so favored by far-left liberal democrats. Both parties are guilt of engaging in some degree of putting forth false and misleading information to the public. Symptomatic of today’s hyper-partisan spin machines where negative advertising is more potent than boring issue advertising since complex concepts can very rarely be explained in sound bites.

For your viewing pleasure …

For those who have not seen the McCain campaign advertisements, we present them for your viewing pleasure. In the interest of fairness to my readers,I am also presenting the links to the Washington Post’s Franklin Raines story which now appears to be suspect.  

The good one featuring James Johnson

The not so good one featuring Franklin Raines …

The Washington Post links …

  • July 16, 2008 Washington Post ArticleOn the Outside Now, Watching Fannie Falter
  • September 19, 2008 Washington Post Ad Watch:
    McCain Charges Obama with Taking Advice from Raines
  • September 19, 2008 Washington Post Ad Watch:      Obama's Fannie Mae 'Connection'
  • September 19,2008 Washington Post Article:
    Obama, McCain Trade Shots Over Responses to Financial Meltdown

Remember, the story is suspect and still may be true to some degree …

Since we do not have access to Barack Obama’s campaign team, it is almost impossible to confirm the part that Franklin Raines may or may not have played as a campaign advisor.

They lied to the American people before …

What we do know however, is that the Obama campaign has lied before to the media. Widely claiming that they did not tell Canadian politicians that what Barack Obama was saying about NAFTA should be taken with a grain of salt as it was only targeted to a specific group of voters. The Obama camp persisted in maintaining the charade up until a memo of the meeting between Obama campaign advisors and the Canadians surfaced. The matter played in the media for a few days and was then buried by a complacent press corps who have a demonstrated left-liberal bias. <Source>

What can YOU do?

Most of what the media reports is influenced by campaign spinmeisters and there is little or no critical reporting to be found in today’s mainstream media. Unfortunately, this leaves one to filter our own raw information and commentary from such sources as cable television, talk radio and the ubiquitous Internet. Or like Fox News is fond of saying, “We report, you decide!”

Carefully watch what the candidates say and do. Their actions always speak louder than words. Anything proposed by a campaign surrogate that is labeled a campaign advisor or a party strategist should be taken with a grain of salt.

Both political parties and all of the politicians involved are playing a high-stakes game where the rewards include power, prestige and profits and the ability to “do things for the right people.” By virtue of being a politician, candidates are automatically suspect and should be scrutinized closely.

Vote for your interests, not theirs.

-- steve

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